Catalonia has been on the news a lot lately. Why? Well, Catalonia has been wanting to be independent from Spain. This drama dates back to almost 1,000 years ago! Catalonia has its own customs, language, and laws. According to the Telegraph, “in 1150, the marriage of Petronilia, Queen of Aragon, and Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona, formed a dynasty leaving their son to inherit all territories concerning the region of Aragon and Catalonia. Other kings and Queens tried to imitate the nation of Catalonia.
Right now Catalonia is fighting for their Independence and Spain is not allowing that to happen. Riot police are attacking citizens of Catalonia; pulling women's hair, kicking, and hitting people will batons. Catalonians are not attacking the police, instead they are raising both their hands to show peace and that they will not harm them. Almost 900 people were injured from the horrific incident. The protests were so long they lasted for a week, which shows how much the people love their region.
What will the future of Catalonia look like?
The region of Catalonia will most likely gain its independence in the next couple months due to the riots and the protests. Also, they have a better chance of becoming independent because all of the horrific things the riot police have been doing to the citizens and the officials of the region. One reason why Spain does not want Catalonia to leave is because it is the Industrial heartland of the country. They would possibly lose thousands, maybe even millions, of dollars! In conclusion, Spain is in a very tight situation and doesn't have many options. We will just have to wait and find out what the Prime Minister of Catalonia and the Government of Spain have to say!
Story by Juan Grijalba-Vasquez